The purpose of this award is to encourage plant pathology students pursuing a doctoral degree in India, who are members of IPS, to attend the APS Annual Meeting or other APS sanctioned meeting if deemed appropriate by the Indian Phytopathology Society and APS Foundation Board. The award was established with contributions from Plant Pathologists of Indian Origin. Students will compete at the zonal competitions in India, and the awardee will be chosen from the top student presenters at these zonal competitions. The fund will reimburse the awardee for return airfare from India to the meeting venue, accommodation, and incidentals. The awardee is expected to bear the cost of meeting registration.